Authorities found the body of a four-year-old boy five days after he was swept into the sea by a wave in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
The kid identified as Wesley Belisle was on Carova Beach at 07:40 local time on Monday from the Currituck County Sheriff's Office, the Kitty Hawk Police Department announced on Facebook.
"Wesley's family has been notified and is preparing to be repatriated to New Hampshire," Kitty Hawk police chief Joel C. Johnson wrote on the department's official Facebook page. "We hope that the outpouring of compassion and support offerings, thoughts and prayers to the Belisle family of people around the world will bring some comfort to them in this time of tremendous grief."
Carova Beach is located in the north part of the Outer Banks, a popular tourist destination, where the boy was pulled away from the sea last Wednesday. His mother "lost him later in the surf," the Coast Guard said last week.
The Coast Guard said they had learned that the child last Wednesday at 16.00 Clock local time was swept away by a wave.
"I can not imagine what the little boy's family is going through right now," Capt. Bion Stewart, Commander of the Coast Guard's North Carolina Sector, at the time.
Shortly after the incident, Kitty Hawk Police Chief Johnson addressed the "tragic accident" in a statement on social media.  "Under the watchful eye of the parents present, a four-year-old boy was swept into the ocean by the mother and carried away by the current," he wrote. "As a parent, this is our worst nightmare, even for those of us who love and grew up on the ocean."
Johnson added, "Please join us in our thoughts and prayers for this family as we mourn their loss and thank them for the well-being of our own children."
The Coast Guard and Police Department of Kitty Hawk have stopped searching for Wesley last Wednesday after searching for the child for 10 hours.
"Suspending a Looking for someone, let alone a small child, is the hardest thing a commanding officer needs to do in the Coast Guard," Stewart said in a press release after the Coast Guard ended its search.
On Thursday, Johnson announced that "all search efforts were interrupted at that time and have now moved to recovery efforts."
Explaining what "recovery efforts" involve, Johnson PEOPLE said on Thursday "we are looking for his remains."
We're patrolling the beach … and a lot of them are looking for him in the hope that he will show up, "he went on to PEOPLE.
The Kitty Hawk community came together to support the family local news agency WAVY, and some created a shell memorial in the shape of a heart on the beach.